Although many parents are happy to let their little ones enjoy Halloween without any limits, if you’re a parent looking for healthier options for Halloween, there’s good news: tons of brands are providing healthier options.
First thing’s first, however. Before embarking on trick or treating, fill tummies with a healthy, well-balanced meal. The more they are filled up with healthy foods, the less they’ll be inclined to overdo the candy. Include sufficient protein and healthy fats, as these nutrients will buffer sugar highs and lows when candy is consumed. Some good options include: chicken fingers, hummus, avocados, high protein pasta with meat sauce and even pizza with a whole-wheat or even better, cauliflower crust.
When shopping for treats, there are some key things to consider:
- Avoid candy that is riddled with food dye and instead, opt for those that are colored with fruit or vegetables
- Look for foods sweetened naturally with fruit juice or cane sugar, instead of those that contain highly processed sugars such as high fructose corn syrup
- And look for foods that are low in saturated fats and contain no trans fats.
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